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How to Read an Etymology

A good college dictionary is a precious resource in any study of roots. Have you ever really looked at the word origin information at the end of many entries? Each carries a wealth of information. The format may vary from one publisher to another, but if the word comes from Latin or Greek, you will generally find the same information. Here is the Random House Webster’s College Dictionary entry for transmit.

L transmittere to send across = trans- TRANS- + mittere to send.
This typical entry tells you quite a bit. I've color coded the entry and the explanation. Notice that the words in the source language (Latin) are italicized.

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